Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs. UCLA Bruins NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/23/14
UCLA Bruins (27-8) vs. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (32-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -8.5 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the UCLA Bruins face off on Sunday in a NCAA Tournament matchup for a spot in the Sweet 16.
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks trailed by 10 points with three minutes left to play against VCU in their first round game but they managed to tie it up by the end of regulation and then won it in overtime. While they won the Southland and lost just twice all season, SFA finds themselves as the biggest underdog of the day. Jacob Parker led the Lumberjacks against VCU with 22 points. Desmond Haymon scored 17 points, Thomas Walkup had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Gajic has nine points and six rebounds. Stephen F. Austin shot 52.9 percent from the floor hitting 60 percent of their two-point shots and 37.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. SFA hit 73.9 percent of their free throws and while it would take a huge effort to pull of another upset they are brimming with confidence.
The UCLA Bruins followed up their Pac-12 Conference Tournament win fending off a pesky Tulsa team in Friday’s first round game. UCLA struggled most of the season against the better teams and facing a virtual unknown here they will need to stay focused to avoid being SFA’s next victim. Jordan Adams led the Bruins efforts against the Golden Hurricane scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Norman Powell scored 15 points, Tony Parker scored 11 points, and David Wear had 10 points. UCLA shot 46 percent from the floor hitting 51 percent of their 2-point shots and 31.3 percent from three-point land. UCLA shot 86.7 percent from the free throw line and if they can maintain that pace they are going to be tough to beat.
Stephen F. Austin is 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games. UCLA is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 6-2 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven NCAA Tournament games.
We have two teams who can put up a lot of points and while the number is climbing I still like the Over.
My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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